Traditionary Evidence Law and Legal Definition

A traditionary evidence refers to an evidence that is derived from a deceased person’s former statements or reputation. It is admissible to prove ancestry, ancient boundaries, or similar facts. Generally, traditioanry evidence is admissible when no living witnesses are available to testify.

Traditionary evidence is permissible, in exception to the rule excluding extrajudicial statements or declarations of third persons as hearsay. It is also permissible when the fact or tradition under investigation is of public or general interest.[ Piper v. Voorhees, 130 Me. 305 (Me. 1931)].